( CNN ) On Feb. 1, University of California, Berkeley canceled a schemed appearance by inflammatory right-wing commentator and former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos following violent protests that caused $100,000 in damage to the campus.
In 1977, Vivienne Westwood designed, sold and wore a T-shirt emblazoned with swastika and an inverted image of Christ on the cross, supposedly as a protest against the creation.
“( We) were just saying to the older generation, ‘We don’t accept your values or your taboo, and you’re all fascists, ‘” Westwood told Time publication
“Westwood really understood that interesting fashion statements come from the streets and from the body politic , not from the designers, ” Tynan said.
With her Autumn-Winter 2017 menswear collect, proven last month in London, the designer took aim at what she called the “rot in political systems” sending models onto the runway in purposely torn garments, hinting at a dystopian future.
“Bad legislators are all the same. They are the ones who always get into power. We want people power and democratic rule, ” Westwood told CNN at the indicate.
In a more delicate move, Raf Simons use David Bowie’s “This Is Not America” to soundtrack his Americana-inspired collection at Calvin Klein earlier this month.
“Yes, I think( style) can be a kind of resistance, ” Simons told GQ
in the lead-up to show, his first for the brand. “But no more than any other person taking a position or speaking up.”
Expressions of pride
Last September, Delhi-born, London-based decorator Ashish Gupta seemed to take a cue from Hamnett when, after indicating a luxurious collection that celebrated Indian culture and craftsmanship and contemporary sportswear, he took his prow in a T-shirt emblazoned with a single word: “IMMIGRANT.”
“I was so angry about Brexit and the hate crimes that have happened since then against minorities, ” he said in an interview with Teen Vogue
after the prove. “I felt like it was so important this season to demonstrate how much richer we are as a multicultural society, and how immigration is so misunderstand and maligned.”
Ahead of his follow-up collection, Gupta is optimistic about fashion’s political power.
“Silence is no longer an option. If manner speaks loud enough, then policy can change, ” he told CNN in an email. “I find hope in the thought that art usually becomes a voice of disagreement in times like this.”
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